NEW APPROACH: Mooloolaba’s Amy Nurthen is off to the World Surf Lifesaving Titles in France.
NEW APPROACH: Mooloolaba’s Amy Nurthen is off to the World Surf Lifesaving Titles in France. Brett Wortman

Surf veteran Amy Nurthen deemed fittest for France

AT the ripe old age of 22, Amy Nurthen has discovered what it means to be a veteran.

A new mature approach to training has the Mooloolaba surf lifesaver in the best shape of her life, heading into the Lifesaving World Championships in France and the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain series.

"I'm the fittest I've ever been," she said yesterday.

"It's the best training I've had and being 22, I'm a little bit more mature.

"(Coach Michael King) always says consistency is the key and that has been the focus for me throughout training."

Nurthen's first chance to test her new fitness comes in the interclub open competition at the World Championships next Thursday.

She is one of the many Sunshine Coast-based surf lifesavers travelling to France to compete in the event, which features club and national competitions.

The national team events start today and will feature Maroochydore's Pamela Hendry starring in the open women's category, Mooloolaba's Jason Gough and Alexandra Headland's Nik Green in the youth men's, and Maroochydore's Chelsea Gillett and Mooloolaba's Nicole Kay in the youth women's.

Nurthen and her fellow club competitors are cramming in final preparations before flying to Europe to be a part of the action.

"We've really focused on the base fitness, which is good," Nurthen said.

She hopes the preparation for the World Championships will give her a head start before starting her fifth Nutri-Grain series.

"The Kellogg's starts six weeks after Worlds, so hopefully I can keep my fitness going into the Kellogg's and it will be my fifth year in the series so, hopefully I can have a good crack and actually have a good year," she said.

After qualifying for this year's series with a sixth-place finish last year, Nurthen is ready to join the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain series elites this year.

"It's time for me to step up and hopefully I can get on that podium, and I would love to finish in the top three ," she said. "A lot of it depends on what happens with the surf, but I am confident that I can do it."

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